What Happens to Pent-up Anger? Interview with Michael D. Yates


Listen to the interview with Michael D. Yates:

I know there’s a lot of pent-up anger.  If you take a country like Egypt, where people are suppressed, when they get an opportunity, a real opportunity, like what happened in the wake of the revolt in Tunisia, they will do things, they will take to the streets, they will show just how angry they are, just as, when the peasants in China got a chance to get back at landlords, they did, in 1949 after the Communists took power.  In the United States, you wonder about that sometimes.  I’d like to think that would happen, but I’m not at all certain that it would.  Those of us who want radical change have our work cut out for us here in this country. — Michael D. Yates

Michael D. Yates is Associate Editor of Monthly Review and Editorial Director of Monthly Review Press.  He is the author of Why Unions Matter (2nd edition), Cheap Motels and a Hot Plate: An Economist’s Travelogue, Naming the System: Inequality and Work in the Global Economy, and Longer Hours, Fewer Jobs among other books and articles.  This interview was broadcast by “Speaking in Tongues” on KDVS on 4 February 2011.


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